Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
Should the UN declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas (UN Declaration) include a right to land and other natural resources? Should this right include individual and/or collective entitlements? Is agreed language available to define this right in the UN Declaration being negotiated at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC)? How do states' representatives and leaders of La Via Campesina see the future of the negotiation process?
More than 60 participants – leading experts, states’ representatives, academics and civil society’s representatives - discussed these issues on 17 November during our expert seminar on the right to land and other natural resources, co-organized with the Government of Switzerland, the Permanent Mission of Bolivia to the UN in Geneva, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES).
On this occasion, Ambassador Nardi Suxo Iturry (Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the UN in Geneva), who is leading the negotiation of the UN Declaration, presented her views on the future of the negotiation.
The results of the discussion will feed into the 4th session of the HRC working group in charge of negotiating a UN Declaration (15-19 May 2017).
This expert seminar forms part of our research project on the rights of peasants.
In the context of our Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020, Columbia University hosted the regional consultation for North America and the English speaking Caribbean on 1-2 June 2017.
Our new Research Brief The Right to Land and Other Natural Resources summarizes key findings linked to the recognition of the right to land and other natural resources in the context of the current negotiation of a UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas at the UN Human Rights Council.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
This course, ahead of the main UN Human Rights Council session, allows participants to develop their network and acquire the necessary skills to lead and perform effectively in this major forum for human rights diplomacy.
This project aims to raise awareness about the complementarity of human rights and development by analyzing the relationship between economic, social and cultural rights and global development goals, namely the Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000 and the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015.
This project aims to support efforts to strengthen the promotion and protection of the rights of peasants, and in particular to provide expert support to the negotiations taking place at the Human Rights Council.